Dec 03, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Admissions

International Admissions

Director: George F. Kacenga
Telephone: +1-303-315-2384

The Office of International Admissions at the University of Colorado Denver assists all international students who are on or will require a non-immigrant visa with the international application process. Advisors are available to help you through the entire application process. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application, available at
  • $75 application fee
  • Official post-secondary transcripts/mark-sheets
  • Official GRE/GMAT Scores, per program requirements
  • Letters of Recommendation, per program requirements
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score, or ESL Academy completion
  • Check with your department of interest for any additional requirements

Please be advised that all the documents submitted along with the application become the property of the university and will NOT be returned to the applicant.

Application Deadlines

The preferred deadlines help facilitate timely immigration processing. 


Preferred Deadline

Final Deadline


January 15

March 15


March 15

May 15


September 15

October 15

Please note: Final graduate application deadlines vary by department and by program. Please contact your academic department for final deadline information.

English Language Requirement

Applicants are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score to demonstrate English language proficiency. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived if the applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here. Please note that some graduate level programs will require a higher score on the TOEFL/IELTS and applicants should consult the department for additional details. 

The CU Denver institutional code for TOEFL is 4875. 

Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: 6.5

To receive test information and registration materials for IELTS or TOEFL please visit or


CU Denver provides various resources to help students find both on and off-campus housing. The Office of Housing and Residential Education serves as a resource for all student housing needs. The office supports students with housing, addresses issues related to housing, and provides students with various housing resources. They offer an online housing database:

For more information, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Education at 303-556-2444 or at

On-Campus Employment

F-1 and J-1 students who maintain a minimum GPA, are enrolled full-time, and are otherwise in legal immigration status may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during normal enrollment periods and more than 20 hours per week during official school breaks (provided they are intend to enroll the following semester). F-1 students do not require any special authorization prior to commencing employment. J-1 students, however, must receive written authorization from a Responsible Officer in International Student and Scholar Services prior to commencing on-campus employment.

Student Life

Office: Tivoli Student Union, Room 303
Telephone: 303-556-3399

The Office of Student Life’s mission is to promote student growth through involvement and leadership. The Office of Student life coordinates campus events, runs student organizations, assists sports teams, provides information on student health insurance, connects students with volunteer opportunities, gathers additional resources for students, runs the Peer Advocate Leader (PAL) program, and rents the lockers in North Classroom. The Office of Student Life is the advising, coordinating, resource and general information center for student organizations, student government, student programs and the academic honor societies. The office is responsible for the administration of the student fee budget and monitors all student fee expenditures to assure compliance with CU Denver and state of Colorado regulations and procedures. 

Health Insurance

Office: Tivoli Student Union, Room 127
Telephone: 303-556-6273

All F-1 and J-1 students enrolled at the university’s Denver Campus are required to have health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in the policy when they register for classes. J-2 dependents are encouraged to enroll in the policy but are eligible to submit comparable insurance coverage with another company in order to meet the Department of State insurance requirements.  The Student Health Insurance Office welcomes F-2 dependents as well as other international students in other visa categories to enroll in the policy because the cost of health care in the USA is expensive.

For more information about the mandatory policy or information about the waiver process, please contact the Student Health Insurance Office at 303-556-6273 or email


The estimated tuition and living expenses for international students, which include room, board, books and insurance, can be found using these estimated financial figures